16 Stunning Maternity Photo Shoot Dresses for Unforgettable Pictures
Pregnancy is an incredibly special time in your life, so of course you want to document it–baby bump and all. Most women schedule a maternity photo shoot sometime between 28 and 32 weeks (aka the sweet spot before you’re too uncomfortable for a portrait session). Of course, once you’ve decided when you’re posing for pictures, it’s time to decide what you’re posing in. Our advice? Pick a maternity photo shoot outfit that accentuates your beautiful bump. It’s what you’re celebrating, after all! Can’t make up your mind? Keep scrolling for a curated selection of our favorite maternity dresses for photo shoots.
As you’re browsing through our list of maternity dresses for pictures, pay attention to style and fit. Consider clingy fabrics and figure-hugging silhouettes if you really want to emphasize your shape. Strategic ruching and belly-area embellishments can call attention to your baby bump too. Or, you can go all out with a sheer or open-front gown! Long, elegant maternity gowns also work great for photography (think: maxis decked out in lace and tulle). But at the end of the day, the best maternity dresses for photo shoots can be glamorous or understated, as long as they make you feel like the gorgeous mama-to-be that you are.
Start (and end!) your search with this list of bump-friendly maternity photo dresses. Don’t feel like buying something you’ll only wear once? Consider borrowing a dress from Rent the Runway’s super-chic maternity collection instead.
You can rent or buy this pretty maxi dress. The off-the-shoulder neckline makes it totally on-trend, while the elastic waistband and soft fabric make it comfy enough for a lengthy shoot. Talk about one of the best maternity dresses for photo shoots!
Feel like a boho goddess in this lacy, tiered dress. It comes in a wide range of sizes and colors, with or without a slip.
Buy it: Starting from $226, Etsy.com
How cool is this ombré gown? The gradient blue will draw all eyes to your bump, as will the side ruching. We love this maternity dress for a beachy photo shoot—though really, you could rock it anywhere!
Buy it: $88, Nordstrom.com
We love playful maternity shoot dresses—including this one-shouldered pick. Get it in fiery tangerine or an Instagram-ready tropical print. It even comes with a detachable belt for bonus bump framing.
Buy it: $148, ShowMeYourMumu.com
There’s a reason this lace maternity dress for photo shoots is an Etsy bestseller: The pregnancy gown is absolutely ethereal. Note that the top comes sheer, but you can pair it with a slip dress for more coverage.
Buy it: Starting from $158, Etsy.com
This pleated dress will flow beautifully in a light breeze, which, as any pregnancy photography fan knows, is the perfect natural ambiance for a dreamy maternity shoot.
Buy it: $60, ASOS.com
PinkBlush Maternity sells tons of portrait-worthy pregnancy gowns, including plus-size maternity dresses for pictures you’ll never forget. This lace maternity dress is the perfect example. And while white maternity dresses for photo shoots are ever-popular, that’s not the only color this one comes in. Choose from gorgeous emerald green (ideal for a woodland portrait session), rosy pink or baby blue, and other colors too!
Buy it: $95, PinkBlushMaternity.com
When in doubt, put a bow on it. Your belly, that is! This glam mini maternity dress works well for a photo shoot, what with its fun off-the-shoulder sleeves and tied waistline.
Buy it: $42, Boohoo.com
Whether you’re eyeing solid maternity dresses for your photo shoot or patterned ones, this classic style is for you. The short sleeve gown comes in a massive range of colors and prints. It’s also made right here in the USA. Yep, you can buy pretty maternity shoot outfits right on Amazon!
Buy it: $37, Amazon.com
Celebrating a rainbow baby? Pay tribute to your little gift with a beautifully symbolic frock. This ruffled tulle gown is undeniably statement-making.
Buy it: $247, Etsy.com
Searching for an open-belly maternity gown for your photo shoot? PinkBlush sells a few different styles, including this plus-size white pregnancy pictures dress. Other options include a similar silhouette rendered in neutral or colorful lace.
Buy it: $85, PinkBlushMaternity.com
Empire waist maternity shoot dresses are a baby bump’s best friend, since they sit comfortably above your growing belly. Wear this shimmering maternity gown for your photo shoot and beyond—it’s versatile enough for any formal occasion.
Buy it: $255, Nordstrom.com
Searching for a creative way to point to your belly? Look no further than maternity photo dresses with plunging necklines. This sophisticated velvet number is ideal for a fall or winter photography session.
Buy it: $135, Etsy.com
Who says maternity dresses for a photo shoot have to be long? This cool-mom eyelet number has buttons trailing down the front, which will draw attention to your bump. Hello, spring or summer maternity shoot outfit!
Buy it: $66, ASOS.com
Show off your baby bump in this romantic maternity gown for a photo shoot. It comes in a whopping 35 colors, so you can truly customize your maternity photo shoot outfit. It’s also sold with matching shorts.
Buy it: Starting from $100, Etsy.com
Floral maternity photo shoot dresses are always fashionable options. (Flower power is a thing!) We love this orange-hued maxi, but there are plenty of other styles where that came from.
Buy it: $75, PinkBlushMaternity.com
Updated February 2020
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